(Psalm 60:12 ESV) With God we shall do valiantly; it is He who will tread down our foes!
When I was appointed as pastor at SpiritLife Church, I selected this passage for my first sermon. I’ve always loved this verse and the positive message it conveys.
The context of this verse is interesting. David had just come through a very difficult defeat which saw 12,000 of his men struck down in battle. In his great disappointment, David began to question God’s faithfulness. He was convinced that the current difficulties were a direct result of God’s anger.
However, the more he talked about and rehearsed God’s blessings, the closer he came to realizing that his hope and his help was in God. He even expressed confidence in the future, and the victories God would give him. David expresses his new found faith through two thoughts.
(1) He uses the word valiantly. An adverb, the word means, “possessing or showing courage or determination.” David would rise from this tragic event with renewed courage and vigor. It meant that he would not doubt his future conquests as he led Israel into battle.
(2) The words “tread down” describes God’s pursuit of David’s foes. It indicates an aggressive “chasing down” of those who stood in opposition to the advancement of Israel. It brings to mind the more contemporary statement, “You can run but you cannot hide!” The older I get, the more convinced I am of God’s involvement in my daily victories. As someone recently said, “He puts the super in your natural!”
I’ve made many mistakes in my short life. I’ve experienced disappointments that left me devastated. But, God has always stood by me and given hope that I would once again experience the joy of the Lord.
PRAYER: Father, even when life slaps me in the face, I can fix my hope upon You. I have always been encouraged when I consider the works of Your hands on my behalf. And today, I’m convinced that You will provide the necessary courage and determination I need. Thank You! Amen.